Motorhoming with a dog

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  1. marksmith

    marksmith Read Only Funster

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    Hi folks,

    We've been considering getting a dog recently. Never had one before. Seems like a silly question but how do you travel with it in a motorhome? We have two travel seats in the front, two in the back. Not sure where we'd put a dog. People put them in the "boots" in hatchback cars... where do they travel in motorhomes?

    Thanks!
    -Mark
     
  2. Janine

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    Mine travels in a soft dog crate anchored behind the driver's seat. He also sleeps in there - in theory :)
     
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    You can buy a seat belt harness and have the dog sitting on the back seats, safely secured :)
     
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    Ours lays in her bed on the floor between our seats. I keep her short lead on for any stops.

    Long lead on a screw peg when we arrive.
     
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    Both ours have seat belt harnesses and have seat each :)
     
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    Thanks all, very useful.

    We have a low-level bed with a door underneath it into the "boot", which we never use. I was thinking perhaps I could build a little enclosure into that - much like the "soft dog crates" but built in. Mesh fixed over the opening for travel.
     
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    Collapsing crates like these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HERITAGE-...den_Kitchen_Toasters&var=&hash=item1c3930cca2

    Much lighter than metal ones. Lots of different sizes.

    To tether a dog outside use tethering lead ( metal covered in plastic) so they can't chew through it.
    My 2 dogs and 2 cats full timed with me for almost 2 years--no problems at all.

    Make sure dogs I'd disc has a mobile number on it so if he/ she does run off you can be contacted.
     
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    Personally I wouldn't travel with the dog in any sort of locker in case of accident. Rescuers wouldn't necessarily think to look for a pet in a locker.
    I feel safer knowing mine are with me.
     
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    That's not the best idea. Unless it's a very big dog or a very small garage the dog won't be secure and will be bouncing all round the garage as you're driving. Quick way to injure the dog.

    Ours travels on the floor between the cab seats in a harness with a seatbelt loop.
     
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    Beth travels on a bed made up under the dinette table. She's fastened to a harness that allows some movement but she can't cause a problem in the cab.
    She's very useful when we call into a supermarket, then she's allowed on the driving seat to look like a guard dog.
     
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    Ours travel on the bed made up from the dinette seats
     
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    Mine goes in kennels
     
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    having a dog and putting them into a boarding kennel is like having children and putting them in borstal when you go on holiday. I don't personally see how you can do this if you love your dogs. just my opinion of course
     
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    Now that's not a bad idea :LOL:

    I think I can honestly say the dog has been away with us more than the 14 year old (y)
     
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    Totally agree. I have seen too many posts on Doglost where a dog has gone missing from a vehicle accident, because it wasn't secured safely in either a crate or a seat belt harness.

    To be closed in a locker, with or without a mesh, isn't a very pleasant way of travelling for a dog. Ours like to see out of the windows ;)
     
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    Sometimes we have to put our dogs into kennels as an act of kindness. For example we are going to a country western festival this weekend and the noise of gunshots terrifies my dog. He will be much happier in kennels this weekend.
     
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    The dog loves going to the kennels
     
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    If you take your dog abroad it's a good idea to have a new ID disc with 0044 then your mobile no.
     
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    I would imagine what dog you choose may be a the main concern, a large "bouncy" type may need restraining, a small placid type might be happy curled up in its bed, or like ours that sleeps on a cushion between the armrest and the passenger door.(y)
     
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    my dog that had to be put down last year had travelled more abroad than lived in uk in its 14yr of life . well almost 15yrs . she left uk the dec before the passport scheme started . she loved travelling .
     
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